We just saw the first look at the new Pennywise the Clown in the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King‘s It. Now comes news related to another project based on the work of King, a TV series based on The Mist.
We first heard about The Mist back in September of last year. Now, a bunch of castings have been announced for the upcoming Spike TV series, nine of them to be exact. Continue below to find out who was cast and what characters they’re playing.
The first announced casting was Alyssa Sutherland, who’s best known for playing Queen Aslaug on the History Channel drama Vikings. After that came the announcement of eight other castings: Gus Birney, Dan Butler, Luke Cosgrove, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Darren Pettie, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and Russell Posner.
Here’s a rundown of who the actors are playing, as well as some of their past work:
Alyssa Sutherland as “Eve Cunningham,” a wife and mother who fights to protect her teenage daughter from unknown dangers lurking both inside and outside the mist while facing down her past. Before joining the cast of “Vikings,” Sutherland appeared in several independent films including “The Fortune Theory,” “Don’t Look Up,” and “Day On Fire” with Olympia Dukakis, which screened at the Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals. On the small screen, she has appeared on NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and Fox’s “New Amsterdam.” A native of Brisbane, Australia, Sutherland began modeling at the age 15 before starting her acting career.
Gus Birney as “Alex Cunningham,” the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham. She’s always been the “˜good daughter,’ but her over-protective mother helps to kick-start a rebellious streak. Birney is currently appearing in “The Rose Tattoo” at the Williamstown Theater Festival opposite Marisa Tomei.
Dan Butler as “Father Romanov,” a priest who is caught in between modernity and tradition, he has lost his faith but clings to the ritual. Dan’s many credits range from “Silence of the Lambs” to “Crazy, Stupid Love,” on film; from “Frasier” to “Prayers for Bobby” to “From the Earth to the Moon,” on TV, as well as major roles on and off Broadway. Independent films include “Chronic Town,” “Fixing Frank” and his award winning writing and directing ventures, “Karl Rove, I Love You” and “Pearl.”
Luke Cosgrove as “Jay Heisel,” a popular local football superstar and the son of the town sheriff who finds himself accused of a heinous crime. Cosgrove was born in Nambour, Queensland and raised on the Sunshine Coast, spending much of his time in the ocean surfing. He started acting at the age of 11 and in his late teens, he moved to Brisbane to pursue his passion professionally, where he starred in several short independent Australian productions. This is his first television role.
Danica Curcic as “Mia Lambert,” a drug-addicted woman on the run and in search of a mysterious stash of money. Curcic is an award-winning Serbian-Danish actress. After several leading roles in productions at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen, she segued her career into feature films including “on The Edge,” “The Absent One,” “Silent Heart,” “All Inclusive” and “Gold Coast.” Her upcoming films include the WWII drama “Across the Waters” and “Darling,” where she plays a world-renown ballerina. She will also appear in the Norwegian TV series “Nobel” about the Afgan War.
Okezie Morro as “Jonah Dixon,” a military man with amnesia. He can’t remember who he is. As the truth about his identity unravels, shocking secrets will be revealed. Morro is a graduate of the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). His first film role was in the George Lucas-produced World War II epic “Red Tails” opposite Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and David Oyelowo. He immediately followed up with a supporting role in “World War Z.” His television credits include MTV’s “Shuga” and BBC’s “New Tricks.”
Darren Pettie as “Connor Heisel,” the local alpha male, town sheriff and father to local football superstar Jay. He struggles to maintain order in an increasingly chaotic and dangerous situation, finding himself up against many who have it out for his accused son. A veteran of both screen and stage, Pettit recently wrapped production on “Sidney Hall.” His latest film, “The Scarecrow,” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. In television, Pettie was last seen on The Good Wife (CBS), and additional recent credits include Rizzoli & Isles (TNT), Scandal (ABC), and Pan Am (ABC).
Russell Posner as “Adrian Garff,” an insecure young teenager who comes to the defense of his best friend Alex, after she is the victim of a brutal crime. A witness to the crime, he finds himself at the center of a controversy which threatens to rip apart the community. Russell Posner broke onto the scene with a starring role in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival darling “The D Train” with Jack Black and James Marsden. Prior to that, Posner had supporting roles in “Louder Than Bombs” with Gabriel Bryne and Jesse Eisenberg and John Turturo’s “Fading Gigolo” with Woody Allen.
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as “Gus Redman,” a local mall manager. When a new society forms from the mist survivors at the mall, Gus will have to decide if he will take the role of leader and exactly how far he will go to keep order. Whitlock recently completed filming Warner Bros “Chips,” directed by Dax Shepard, and the Independent film “Human People.” He also recently appeared in Amazon’s “Chi-Raq” directed by Spike Lee and the remake of Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” being released this August. On television, Whitlock starred as “˜Senator Clay Davis’ on the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire.” He currently recurs on HBO’s Emmy®-winning comedy series “Veep” as “˜Secretary of Defense General George Maddox.’ He will next be seen starring this fall in the FX series “Atlanta” and FOX’s “Son of Zorn.”
The actors join previously cast Six Feet Under star Frances Conroy, who plays “Nathalie, a modern day ecological martyr.”
The TV series tells the story of a strange mist arriving in a small town, bringing with it a terrifying new reality for those who live there and testing their humanity as they do what they feel they need to in order to survive.
The Mist is set to go into production later this summer, and the show will premiere on Spike sometime in 2017.